This is one dish that is great for feeding a large group of people, as it is easily scalable! Lay out a platter and let people help themselves and make their own pulled pork buns. Half the fun is watching hungry folks (and their kids) putting what they like into this delicious and healthy meal.
Most Asian Chinese have grown up eating some form of this – Soft pork slowly braised till fall-apart tender, sandwiched between a pillowy soft steamed bun and topped with sprigs of fresh spring onion and coriander. In my family, this dish makes frequent appearances at communal gatherings. Pork belly is more commonly used, but I used pork shoulder to reduce the overall fat content. Still as tasty and delicious!
In my recipe, the flavor combination is bumped up a few notches with a pineapple salsa, and shredded carrot for added textures and dimension! A juicy pineapple (another summer fruit) is diced up and quick-pickled with rice wine vinegar and chilli. This creates a lip-smackingly good salsa that can hold it’s own against most meat and fish dishes!
Shredded fresh carrot adds crunch and color. Making the dish not only appealing to look at, but fun to eat!
Asian Pulled Pork with Steamed Buns and Pineapple Salsa
Yummy pulled pork on a pillowy steamed bun with pineapple salsa.
- 160-200 grams orange pulled pork from orange pulled pork recipe
- 1 medium carrot washed and grated (use large holes on grater)
- 2 handfuls fresh coriander washed and chopped
- 2 sprigs spring onions washed and sliced on bias
- 6-8 plain chinese buns use those flattened and folded in half for easy filling
- 1/4 medium pineapple diced
- 1/2 medium red chilli washed and sliced on bias
- 3 tbsp rice vinegar
- 1 tbsp castor sugar
- 1 tsp salt
To make pineapple salsa, combine pineapple salsa ingredients with 1/2 handful of coriander and 1 sprig of spring onion. Set aside in fridge to marinate.
Reheat buns according to package directions.
Reheat pulled pork.
To serve, transfer vegetables, pork, buns and pineapple salsa to serving dishes.
- This recipe becomes so easy when the pork is made ahead of time!
- There are various kinds of plain steamed buns. For easy filling, buy the kind that are flattened out and folded in half. You can tell from the separation line visible in the middle of the bun.
- Use your favorite fresh veggies to fill out these buns!
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P.S. If you are looking for my Orange Pulled Pork Recipe… Get it here!